2008: #8 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Eric Roth, based on the short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, & Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Distributer: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/25/2008
Date seen: 12/27/2008
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $242,079,089
# of Oscar nominations: 13 (Sound, Costume Design, Makeup, Visual Effects, Art Direction, Score, Editing, Cinematography, Supporting Actress, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Directing, & Picture
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 8 (Set Piece, Use of Source Music, Makeup, Art Direction, Score, Editing, Cinematography, & Supporting Actress)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Use of Source Music, Makeup, & Art Direction)

I’ve never been one for the notion of separating a direction award from a Best Picture award, but The Curious Case of Benjamin Button seems like one of the few times that would sort of make sense. If I were to rate The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’s script, I’d probably give it a B, but in rating the film as a whole it earns a solid A. This is because David Fincher’s direction is able to turn this interesting but focusless script into something truly special through his sheer mastery of visual cinema. In this sense my number eight choice is an interesting counterpoint to my number 9 choice, Doubt. Doubt is a movie that focuses entirely on its excellent script and fine acting, everything else is competent but inconsequential. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a movie that excels to the highest degree in everything that Doubt ignores and Doubt exceeds in everything Benjamin Button chooses not to focus on. Between the two of them you pretty much have the perfect movie.

Full Review

#9 Year End Honors #7
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